Current Research

Colin Groves, is a Professor of Bioanthropology in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. His work focuses on human evolution, primates and other mammals all over the world, including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. More information can be found here.

Dr Kamalini Lokuge is an ANU Fellow who additionally works as a doctor and medical epidemiologist for international health organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the World Health Organisation, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, Kamalini was a member of the Médecins Sans Frontières-Australia Board of Directors. Kamalini focuses on conducting implementation research in complex settings in partnership with local communities and health workers. She aims to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations, including those affected by conflict, communicable diseases and natural disasters, through practice-driven research and local capacity building. She has field experience in problems of public health program delivery and evaluation in a range of crisis situations, including Afghanistan, Darfur, Uganda, Nigeria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. More information can be found here.

Ibolya Losoncz is currently a Research Fellow at RegNet. Her research focuses on the tension between essential characteristic of Australian government and non-government organisations, developed to ensure consistency, and the ability of these organisations to respond appropriately to the resettlement needs of the humanitarian and the broader migrant communities of Australia. See here for more details.

Elise Klein’s research focuses on conceptualisations and measures of empowerment, agency and autonomy, and the human development of Malian and Aboriginal communities in Australia. See here for more details.

Dr Martine Mariotti, from the ANU College of Business and Economics, focuses on Economic History and Economic Development and Growth. Visit here for more information.

Margaret O’Callaghan, Visiting Fellow, Resources, Environment & Development, Crawford School will be spending three months in Zambia from June. She will be talking with government officials in Lusaka, attending the NGO run Alternative Mining Indaba in Ndola then spending most of the time in North Western province. The purpose is to fill in gaps in information and double-check her current draft chapters for a book documenting the socio-economic impact of the current mining boom in the province at the end of its first decade. This will be her third visit in the past three years and builds on her earlier familiarity with the province from her UN days, in the pre- and early mining days.

Dr Graham Walker, from the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, undertakes Science Show performance and training. He is involved as the Project Officer for Science Circus Africa.

Ongoing PhD Research

Atem Atem is a PhD candidate at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. His thesis explores the settlement experiences of Sudanese families in Western Sydney with a particular focus on the role settlement services have played in helping Sudanese (mainly South Sudanese) adjust to life in Australia. The thesis also looks at centrality of the family in the South Sudanese community and how this plays out in the South Sudanese community in Western Sydney. Cultural claims and group right claims in the context of a multicultural society like Australia will be explored with a focus on how this plays out in the South Sudanese community and South Sudanese families in Sydney. Atem Atem participates, as a member of the South Sudanese Diaspora Network (SSDN), in the settlement policy network teleconferences organized by the Refugee Council and the Settlement Council of Australia.
Thesis title:  Experiences of South Sudanese Families in Western Sydney.

Beyongo Dynamic is a political economist focused on a range of Sino-African trade and investment issues. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Beyongo did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Yaounde II-Soa, Cameroon, and the Cherkassy State Technological University, Ukraine. His research interest primarily lies in Africa’s comparative political economy, China-Africa relations, the foreign direct investment, environmental and labour regulations, and state-business-society relations.
 Project Synopsis: Chinese outward direct investment into Zambia has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past decade. The primary goal of this project is to critically examine the effects of China’s growing outward direct investment on local environmental and labour regulatory change, monitoring and enforcement in Zambia.
To undertake this task, the research will use an analytic narrative approach, by which historical narratives will be combined with economic and political science theories to explain whether and why Chinese investments and its interface with local key actors in Zambia may influence the process through which regulations are changed, monitored and enforced.
The research will use primary and secondary data. To gather primary data, I will conduct face-to-face interviews with government officials in Zambia, businesspeople, NGO officials, and others with relevant information on the environmental and labour regulatory process. The interviews will take between 45 to 60 minutes. The interviews will comprise close and open ended questions. The questions will be read out to participants. Participants are expected to provide short and precise answers to all questions.
In rare cases, telephone interviews will be conducted. In such cases, participants will be emailed or posted with information about the research and a consent form before the telephone interview can take place. Participants will only be interviewed by telephone after providing their consent. I also aim to use media publications, company release, government gazettes, and parliamentary documents to understand the processes through which Chinese investment might influence Zambia’s regulatory process. I aim to spend approximately five months in Zambia: in Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe, between May 12th and October 13th 2015 for the project.
I expect that this research will improve current understanding of the effects of foreign direct investment into Zambia on the local environment, wages, collective actions, and on Zambia’s regulatory landscape. I anticipate that any findings made by this project will enhance policy development in this area, and I will willingly provide these findings with you if you are interested.
Thesis Title: The impact of Chinese investment on Zambia’s regulatory regime

Floney Kawaye
Thesis description: Malawi largely relies on rain fed agriculture for socio-economic development. Currently, the agriculture sector is facing major challenges due to the impacts of climate change among the many. The government of Malawi has been extending irrigation land since 2010 under the Malawi Green Belt Initiative (GBI) project as an adaptation to climate change strategy. GBI aims to intensify agricultural production, productivity, incomes and food security in order to attain economic growth and development at both household and national levels in Malawi. Case studies in three regions of Malawi are being used to assess the performance of GBI project particularly with reference to the main stable food crops in Malawi (including maize, cassava and potatoes). The assessment is being made for both current and projected future climates. The study employs both quantitative and qualitative analysis to assess the uncertainty, risks, benefits and costs of GBI, as an adaptation option to climate change, in terms of social, environmental and economic consequences. The quantitative analysis will be carried out by modelling the Malawi climate and the production of the crops under study, both across the whole country and over the GBI sites. Methods include ANUSPLIN, ANUCLIM and GROWEST. The qualitative analysis for the social research will be performed by NVivo software.
Thesis title: Assessing agricultural adaptation and performance under a changed climate: Case study for the Malawi Green Belt Initiative (GBI).

Christina Kenny
“Standards of consent in the criminal law of sexual assault”

Kirsty MClaren
“Social movements and the state in sub-Saharan Africa: social movement identities in Liberia and Uganda”

Nikola Pijovic
Nikola’s PhD dissertation focuses on Australia’s contemporary foreign policy towards the African continent. The thesis has a twofold aim: one is to examine the drivers of Australian foreign policy towards the African continent by outlining the contours of that policy; and the second is to highlight how foreign policy is made in Australia, and what (if anything) this example can tell us about Australia’s foreign policy making in general.
For further information you can visit his ANU profile here.

Kirk Zwangobani
“African Australian Youth and the dynamics of their identity”.

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